Cuéntame un cuento: Caperucita. Los tres cerditos. Las semillas mágicas.

Cuéntame un cuento: Caperucita. Los tres cerditos. Las semillas mágicas.
Cuéntame un cuento: Caperucita. Los tres cerditos. Las semillas mágicas.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Two tra­di­tional sto­ries: Los tres cerdi­tos [The Three Lit­tle Pigs] and Las semi­l­las mág­i­cas [Jack and the Beanstalk] have been retold in verse form by Alma Flor Ada. The verses are whim­si­cal and pro­vide a charm­ing retelling of the story.

CD DESCRIPTION

The two sto­ries con­tained in the book have been enriched by a third story, that of Cape­rucita [Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood] also mas­ter­fully retold in verse by Alma Flor Ada. Suni Paz has cre­ated mar­velous music turn­ing these sto­ries into pre­cious songs chil­dren will enjoy lis­ten­ing to or singing along with. The CD is fur­ther enriched by two of Alma Flor and Suni’s sig­na­ture songs, Cuén­tame un cuento de hadas and Los libros son mis amigos.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

The tra­di­tional tales were an impor­tant aspect of my child­hood. Later I enjoyed shar­ing them with my four chil­dren. Retelling well-loved sto­ries in verse was a mean­ing­ful chal­lenge for me, since it meant unit­ing two of my pas­sions, sto­ries and poetry.

There is always a great risk that a nar­ra­tive in verse will not be true poetry. And chil­dren are much too fre­quently fed verses that may rhyme but are not poetry. I have always felt that this pseudo-poetry can hin­der the child’s under­stand­ing of what true poetry really is, with harm­ful con­se­quences. This is why these ren­di­tions were cre­ated with great care. They have been blessed by hav­ing been put to music by Suni Paz.

It is also a delight to be able to offer in this CD two of the songs Suni and I have shared with teach­ers all over the United States encour­ag­ing them to use them with their stu­dents as a fur­ther moti­va­tion for dis­cov­er­ing the magic of books and story. Cuén­tame un cuento de hadas and Los libros son mis ami­gos are easy to enjoy, sing, and remember.

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